Forest Gate protest: 'There will be more disturbances this summer over stop and search as police invent evidence'

Forest Gate protest: 'There will be more disturbances this summer over stop and search as police invent evidence'

Police officers were injured in the protest (Stock image)

Monday, June 26, 2017

Protests will continue this summer over "frustrating" police stop-and-search operations, according to a stop-and-search campaigner and community activist.  

A violent protest took place yesterday (June 25) in Forest Gate, east London over the death in police custody of Edir Frederico Da Costa. Protestors claim he was beaten by officers.

Six police officers were injured in the disturbance. Four people were arrested.

Ken Hinds, the founder of the Haringey Independent Stop and Search Monitoring Group, told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "I’m not in the slightest condoning the violence that took place but I can well understand the frustration of those youngsters.

"It’s a hot summer already and I believe the disturbance are going to grow between young people," he said. "I’ve got so much frustration in the way they are carrying out their police operation, particularly around stop and search."

He believes that "all too often, when these sad events happen, the police go in to close-down mode or cover-up mode".

Hinds added that he thinks "police actually make up evidence on a stop and search to make it look like a legitimate stop and search".

Listen to the full interview above